RESEARCH

Toxic Metals are Passed from Mother to Fetus

Study's Authors: M. Savabieasfahani, M. Hoseiny, S. Goodarzi - Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

During pregnancy, to protect the mother, her detoxification system acts to discard toxic heavy metals into the developing fetus. The research team hopes their work will create greater awareness of, and initiate protections against, the growing levels of environmental toxicity.

Toxic Heavy Metals in Infants and Mothers

Baby and mother

In this study, the levels of toxic and essential trace metals found in both the newborn and its mother's hTMA were reviewed. Toxic metals including cadmium (157 vs. 87.5 μ/kg), mercury (246 vs. 198 μg/kg), copper (14,313 vs. 11,776 μg/kg) and aluminum (52,022 vs. 408,207 μg/kg) were all higher in the newborn's hair when compared with their mother's hTMA; suggesting that metals may be discarded in the fetus as a detoxification method. Researchers compared their data with available data from Germany and Poland and recognized overall similarities.

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